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Incas : Book One: The Puma's Shadow [Paperback]

By A. B. Daniel (Author) & Alex Gilly (Translator)
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Follows the relationship of forbidden love between Anamaya, a beautiful Incan princess, and Gabriel, a Spanish solider, as Conquistadors threaten the existence of the Incan empire.

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A sweeping tale of splendor and savagery unfolds as an ancient Incan civilization is haunted by omens, shaken by civil war, shattered by European conquest...and transformed through the power of destined love.
Since childhood Anamaya has lived as a captive, waiting to learn how and when she will be offered as a sacrifice. But when the dying emperor, Huayna Capec, summons her, she is granted destiny, not death. Her eyes, as blue as the sacred waters of Lake Titicaca, are a powerful sign that she was sent by Quilla, the Moon Goddess, to ensure the emperor's passage to the Other World -- and she is entrusted with the emperor's last words: the secrets of the past and the future of the Incan empire.
Anamaya's new role as guardian of the emperor's Sacred-Double plunges her into the intrigues of Incan politics, the complexities of war...and the passions of a handsome Spanish nobleman, Gabriel Montelucar y Flores -- a stranger marked with the puma, a symbol of Incan spirituality and power. Traveling with the great conquistador Don Francisco Pizarro, Gabriel hungers for grand adventure, exotic wonders, great wealth, and a new life. The entwined fate he discovers with Anamaya will change both of their worlds forever.

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Incas : Book One: The Puma's Shadow by A. B. Daniel & Alex Gilly has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Publishers Weekly - 07/08/2002

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Touchstone
Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.98" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.88 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 6, 2002
Publisher   Touchstone
ISBN  0743432746  
ISBN13  9780743432740  

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INCAS The Light of Machu Picchu  Oct 20, 2007
This book was well writen very well and I am very glad I ordered it from Amozon. I will probably order book again.
Incas : Book One: The Puma's Shadow  May 9, 2007
Good, but not great. Very good historical information, but a bit too mystical for my taste. Interesting characters; however, there were references to events that were not previously covered in the book. Otherwise worth reading.
A sharp drop off from the first novel . . .  Jan 20, 2005
The first novel read more like a descent work of historical fiction. The second read more like a bad love story.

In "The Puma's Shadow" you were introduced to the Inca culture and lands and the events leading to their demise. Atahualpa and Pizarro came to life and the chapters detailing the events that took place in Cajamarca took me back to a place I visited years ago.

"The Gold of Cuzco" took me no where. The story line was in short, totally unbelievable. The "setting up the scene" was not much better. I was especially disappointed in the descriptions of Sacsayhuaman and Coricancha. It was almost as if the authors had never visited Cuzco, a place from which I had just returned.

Read it if you want to finish the trilogy but don't expect to enjoy it too much.
Part3: Light of Machu Picchu + a general view of the trilogy  Mar 17, 2004
After reaching the end of the third book of this trilogy, I was left with the following impressions:

1. The most interesting thing about this trilogy is that it focus on a subject that is almost forgotten in historical fiction: the Inca civilization. That alone is reason to buy the trilogy, for those who are interested in the subject.

2. The books are a blend of accurate history and a somewhat corny and water-and-sugar clicheed love story; there are better books on similar subjects, like Gary Jennings' "Aztec" and Collen MacCullough's "First man in Rome" series.

3. The authors chose to portrait too many characters, sometimes confusing the readers, especially when concerning Inca characters. Excluding the Sapa Incas, the other native pre-columbian characters are almost always variations on the same one.

4. When Gabriel, the spanish central character, is not part of the plot, the chapters just drag along, many times boring and tiresome. Anamaya, the main Inca character, lacks strenght.

5. As I read the books, I realised the trilogy starts very well, but ends badly. This should not be a trilogy, but only one book, better edited, with a better-developed plot. The authors focused too much on dead-end fictional characters, while historical figures, when they appeared, were always portraied as evil people.

The third part is very similar to the first two, and the three books should be read as one.

After closing this third book, I felt I liked the trilogy, but could have enjoyed it more, due to the reasons stated above. But as this is the only (as far as I know) fictional account of the Inca civilization, it should get the attention of historical-fiction addicts.

Grade 8.0/10

A Welcome Book about an Obscure Subject  Jan 25, 2004
I have always been fascinated with the Incas, so I have been eagerly devouring this trilogy.

There is no shortage of historical fiction about, say, Victorian England...or Celts...or other Europeans. As for South Americans, and other non-white peoples...they are virtually untouched. It's about time someone gave the Incas the shelf-space they deserve.

The plot has been covered in several other reviews, so I'll be brief. Gabriel is torn between his loyalty to the conquistador Francisco Pizarro and his love for Anamaya, a beautiful Indian woman who is a sort of supernatural advisor to the Inca Emperors. She in turn loves Gabriel but is sworn to support the Emperor Atahualpa, taken hostage by the Spaniards...and then the newly crowned Manco, who swears to throw the Spaniards from his land.

It is probably the oldest plotline in the world- "man from conquering tribe loves woman from soon-to-be subjugated tribe"... and occasionally "A. B. Daniel" resorts to corny cliche. Example: when Gabriel and Anamaya lay eyes on each other, they instantly fall in love and know that their destinies are linked. Anamaya, who comes from a remote jungle tribe, has blue eyes, which makes the Incas view her as supernatural. I think this is a genetic impossibility, even if her father happened to be a wandering white explorer. In basic genetics we are taught that a child with blue eyes must have two parents with at least one recessive blue-eye gene. This crude plot device is jarring to me.

The pacing of these books could use some improvement. The author(s) don't seem to know what to leave in and what to cut. So there are some sections which are draggy and confusing. Characterizations are less focused than I would like, and motivations for some events remains murky.

On a positive note, these books are very well researched, and they provide a richly textured view of life in Inca times. The spiritual life of the ancient Peruvians is well portrayed. In general I am enjoying these books and finding them passionate, gripping and well worth the effort. I am glad that "A. B. Daniel" finally brought this awesome and neglected culture to life.


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